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supro lap steel

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by vinylbritt, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. vinylbritt

    vinylbritt TDPRI Member

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    found at a yard sale for $14. it has a screw on type connection where you would run a cord to an amp. I took it to a couple of repair guys who had never seen this. it has a serial # X73451
     

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  2. Bellacaster

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    A friend of mine has virtually the same lap steel without the odd output. It sounds fantastic and he paid a lot more for it. Real nice overdriven blues tone. Good score!
     
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    Man, I would love to find a yard sale lap steel, especially a Supro. Congrats!
     
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    I also have a Supro lapsteel that I paid $75 for from a private party. Mine's an eight string model from 1962 with three legs so you can play standing up or sitting down. It sounds great. I have an E9 tuning on it with which I can retune two of the E strings to Eb and have a B6th tuning which is the same voicing(s) as a C6th but one fret lower.... Good luck with your Supro, they're hidden treasures for sure....JH in Va.
     
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    Congratulations! Lap steels are very cool.

    I have 3 (I think) Supro lap steels, including one identical to yours. Great find for such little money! The pickups on them are wonderful.

    Supro was a Valco brand name. The serial on yours indicates it was made in 1957. (Mine is a 1961). http://www.oldfrets.com/Valco/Dating.html

    I did a couple of posts on my blog about cleaning mine up: http://crawlsbackward.blogspot.com/2014/06/1961-supro-lap-steel-cleanup-and-minor.html

    I have mine tuned to C6 currently, although it may be headed to E9 like JH's.

    The output jack you have is fairly common for old Valco instruments, as well as a lot of old PA and radio gear. It's an Amphenol 75-MC1F I believe. You can find the mating plug, 75-MC1M, on ebay. Easy to wire an adaptor to a 1/4 inch plug. You will also find folks selling ready made cables too.

    You can also convert it to a 'modern' standard 1/4 jack - that's pretty easy to do also. I tend not to do that, just because I like to keep them original, but it's not like they're super rare or valuable where a conversion would detract from the value.
     
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  6. vinylbritt

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    wow, thanks fellas, just what I was looking for. I went on ebay and could only find one vintage cable (up for bids starting at $39) if you know where I can get a "ready made" repop cable, please direct me there.
     
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    Cool find, and you can't beat that price with a stick. Often times these yard sale sellers think that lap steels are toy guitars. My one buddy picked up a 1950s Rickenbacker lap steel at a yard sale for 15 bucks. He tried to tell the guy it was worth more. Turns out it is worth 450.00-500.00.

    Yours is a 1957 model according to your serial number, which I found here:
    http://www.guitarhq.com/national.html

    To avoid confusion, keep in mind that Supros were manufactured by National. Yours is worth about 350.00.

    Do you know how to play lap steel?
     
  8. vinylbritt

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    I can play about anything that has strings on it, but I can't play this one cause I can't find a cord to hook it up to an amp
     
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    I would convert it to a 1/4" jack. It won't hurt the value. I did it with my Supro. Mine is a Mother Of Toilet Seat like this>
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    What a score congrats! I love the pick ups in those things.
     
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